March 2019
Members of the 2018 Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Read more here!
Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame: Time for Nominations!
We all agree that our Shaker Schools have an amazing tradition of excellence. Please help us honor and recognize Shaker's renowned graduates by nominating a Shaker alum for the Shaker Schools Alumni Hall of Fame. Anyone may nominate a Shaker graduate for this honor. View a list of current inductees.  Please submit your nominations through T uesday, April 30, 2019 .
We look forward to welcoming a new class the weekend of October 11-12, 2019 when we will host many special activities. Thank you for sharing your nominations with us and stay tuned for more details about the special 2019 Hall of Fame induction weekend! Thank you for nominating a prestigious Shaker alum by April 30th!
Our Community Celebrates A Night for the Red & White
Judy and Richard L. (Dick) Cohen, Class of '50

The 27th annual A Night for the Red & White was an overwhelming success in raising funds for enrichment in the Shaker Schools, with a particular focus on innovation. Here's how the numbers stacked up:
  • 600 extremely well-dressed individuals were in attendance! View photos.
  • 45 talented high school student musicians performed.
  • $42,000 was raised directly for the Innovation Fund.
  • 150 silent auction items were donated by local companies and supporters.
  • $14,300 was raised for the The Big Apple Adventure raffle.
  • 72 Red & White volunteers donated their time and talent.
  • $51,000 in corporate gifts were received.
  • $9,400 in advertising was raised. 
If you weren't able to attend the event but would like to support the Shaker Schools, we invite you to make a donation to the Innovation Fund. View the special video presentation from the event to learn how your support helps Shaker students develop the skills they need to be creative thinkers and innovators.
Fernway Principals Help Move "Fernway Forward"
Donald Coffee, George Cannon and Chris Hayward
Two former Fernway Elementary principals, Donald Coffee and George Cannon, will join current Fernway principal Chris Hayward at a special event to support Fernway Elementary School on Saturday, M ay 4 from 6 - 9 pm at Juma Gallery in Shaker Heights. 

Attendees will hear some of the three principals' favorite Fernway stories and memories while they enjoy light refreshments and mingle with friends and neighbors. Proceeds from the event will benefit an enhanced outdoor play area at Fernway as part of the rebuilding process after the fire that devastated the school last July. Purchase your ticket to join us at the event! 

If you're in the area, we hope you will join us for this special event. You can also show your love for Fernway by making a contribution to the Fernway Forward Fund managed by the Shaker Schools Foundation.

Want to stay abreast of the developments regarding the rebuilding of Fernway Elementary? Read the Fernway Update on the District's website.
"Shaker Speaks" Packs the House for Shaker Schools Foundation
Miata Hunter and Mariama Whyte
A sold-out cro wd enjoyed an evening with  Mariama Whyte , Class of '93 , as she entert ained the audience with songs and stories of her life as a singer and performer. The event was hosted at the home of Annette Sutherland, Class of '77, and  was the first in this year's Shaker Speaks series featuring talented Shaker alumni. Read more about Mariama.

Mariama has wowed audiences in leading roles with the Broadway
national tours of The Lion King and The Color Purple and in numerous productions with The Cleveland Play house and Karamu House, among many other venues. The evening included a very special duet with Mariama's sister, Miata Hunter, Class of '92, principal of Shaker Middle School. They were accompanied on the piano by another Class of '92 alum, Larry Harris, making it a true Shaker evening!
The next event in the series will feature Jamie Babbit, Class of '89, on Sunday, July 7, 7 pm at Shaker Rocks, a rock climbing gym located in the new Van Aken District. Jamie will regale us with tales of her experiences as a screenwriter, producer and director, most recently on the hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Read more about Jamie and purchase your tickets

The final event of the series will feature Aaron David Miller, Class of '67, (date and location to be announced) a middle east policy expert who is Vice President for New Initiatives and a Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson  International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. The event will take place in the fall. Read more about Aaron and purchase your tickets for the event.

MAC Scholar Alumni Event: Please Join Us!
Calling all MAC Scholars alumni: We are pleased to invite you to a special 
Mary Lynne McGovern, Hubert McIntyre and MAC Scholars
MAC Scholar Alumni Reunion Dinner on Saturday, June 15 from 6-9 pm . Please RSVP for this complimentary dinner as soon as possible  and we will share all the details.  

If you have not already  done so, please make sure that you join our MAC Scholars Facebook group  and look for our new LinkedIn group . Please share this information with others.

Alumni Notes: Share Your News!
Congratulations to  Ayesha Bell Hardaway , Class of '93, on her new position at Case Western Reserve University School of Law as Director of the Social Justice Law Center. Ayesha is also a current member of the Shaker Heights School District Board of Education. Read more about Ayesha .

Benjamin Saks, Class of '03, returns to Cleveland for the premier of his documentary, Float, at the Cleveland International Film Festival. The film follows two American competitors in the F1D World Championships, an international elite model airplane contest. Ben serves  as co-producer/DP/writer.  Ben's talents started early as he was a former Science Olympiad competitor in high school participating in the 2002 F1D World Championships. Congratulations as well to the film's director,  Phil Kibbe , also a former Shaker student. 

The world premiere of Float is on Friday, April 5, at 7:40 pm at Tower City Cinemas. The film will also be shown on April 6  at 5:30 pm at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and April 7 at 9:00 am at Tower City Cinemas.
Learn more about the film and purchase tickets.
We love to hear great news about our Shaker alumni. Have something to share? Please don't be shy and  drop us a note   here .  
Reunion Roundup: Come Home to Shaker!
Class of 1993 - 25th Reunion 
2019 reunions are coming fast! Make sure you reach out so you know all the plans. A good place to start is by looking for your class news on our   website .

The following classes have reunions this year: 1957's 80th birthday party,  1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2009.  Mark your calendar, reach out to your friends and come home to Shaker! 

Paying it Forward
We are grateful for all the classes this past reunion year who have raised money to support the Shaker Schools Foundation. We want to especially recognize members of the Class of 1968 who established the Class of 1968 Innovation Fund to support STEAM initiatives that provide hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. To learn more about how your class can pay if forward to current Shaker students by supporting the Shaker Schools Foundation, please  email  or call us at 216-295-4329.
Please stay connected by following our  Shaker Schools Alumni Facebook  page and by updating your contact information
Reunions on the Road
Susan (Borofsky) Dratwa, '84, Todd, Lauren, Daniel Sorin, '92, Deborah (Lowenthal) Sorin, '90, Greg Holmes, '52, Joan (Malinas) Baumer, '70.
It is always fun to connect with other Shaker graduates in your home away from Shaker! Thanks to Lauren (Nuechterlein) Louis, '97, and Todd Dolinsky, '98, for hosting a fun Happy Hour in the Raleigh/Durham area. Would you like to get a group together in your city?Just  contact us and we will help you m ake it happen. 

Shaker Baseball is Coming to Cali!

Do you live in the Orange County area of California? The Shaker Varsity Baseball Team is coming to town to play in the National Classic and they would love your support! They get started on Saturday, March 31 with the Home Run Derby followed by tournament games. Look here for  information about the tournament and purchase tickets. Since it is a tournament, the exact schedule is not yet known so you will need to follow the results as the week progresses. for questions, please contact Coach Mike Babinec  at Shaker Schools.  GO RAIDERS!
My Shaker Story: Ellen Brook, Class of 1982

Where are you now and what are you doing?
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm an artist and designer of 'luxuriously down-to-earth' scarves, wraps, ponchos, and other artwork and accessories. It's been quite a magical adventure to discover my creative side in my early 40's and completely reorient my life to focus on art, design and fashion. I'm also beginning a business offering corporations workshops to cultivate more creative, curious and collaborative cultures.
Tell us a little bit about your Shaker experience.
A cheer for our dear Mercer! I'm a proud Mercer graduate. Miss Asimes, Mrs. Bauter, and Ms. Armitage were just a few of my favorite teachers. I was captain of the Courtesy Patrol at Mercer and only years later was told how official (mean) I was, making sure all the girls on the squad were in their places on time!
I then went to Byron. It was a difficult time as my mother was ill and then passed away when I was in 9th grade. I remember Mrs. Lerner's English class and spending an entire day in silence just 'because'.
At the high school, I played JV tennis, drove my neighborhood carpool in my car - the 'Disco Mav' - and enjoyed all the new friends I made from Woodbury. I remember being proud of being 12th in my class! Jesse Jackson visited the high school and encouraged everyone to "take your baby to the library."
How has your Shaker Schools experience impacted your life?
I loved French, foreign languages and cultures. The openness to other cultures at Shaker propelled me to travel, be curious and even live abroad for my junior year in college.
I loved art in Miss Ptak's class but never felt like I had artistic or creative talent because I couldn't draw. I did not take an official art class until I was 38! In one of my first classes we had a critique at the end of the class. The instructor looked at my piece as I held my breath. After looking at my collage, he asked if I was a poet. I'll never forget it. When he described what he meant, I instantly recognized the visual aesthetic that I had long expressed - but never valued - in the way that I dressed and how I decorated my home - and my world opened up from there.
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